Smart Enterprise and PLDT SME Nation has recently unveiled the first ever Bozz Awards to recognize the new generation of digitally savvy entrepreneurs in the Philippine.
The Bozz Awards
The Bozz Awards is a social media crowdsourcing search for the new generation of entrepreneurs who are harnessing digital tools to grow their businesses in the Philippines. These entrepreneurs are known for spearheading a revolutionary change in business platforms through their use of technology.
“For years now, PLDT SME Nation has been known for our MVP Bossing Awards which celebrate Filipino business titans whose stories of success embody perseverance and continuous innovation. They are the industry icons start-up entrepreneurs look up to,” PLDT First Vice President and Head of SME Business Kat Luna-Abelarde explained. “The Bozz Awards is all about the new breed of entrepreneurs, who are just as persevering and innovative, albeit faced with a different set of challenges and opportunities in this digital age of doing business.”
The Bozz Award is part of the line-up of activities for PLDT SME Nation’s recently launched Small Business Month celebration which is a pioneering initiative aimed at empowering small businesses to embrace the digital revolution.
Rappler & PLDT
This engagement also partnered with online news platform Rappler who will house the main site for the Bozz Awards. They will facilitate the crowd sourcing aspect of the campaign which will carry the online handle #BeTheBoss.
Together, the team-up hopes to empower the new breed of Filipino entrepreneurs. Moreover, it aims to inspire even more entrepreneurs with success stories of those who have boldly embraced the challenges and opportunities of the digital era.
Qualifications & Nominations
In search of new blood, entrepreneurs must be 45 years old and below, based in the Philippines, and must be business owners for at least two years.
Nominations, which has officially opened last August 10, 2015 must be done online via the microsite on Rappler. Those who want to nominate their own bozz can also ‘Tweet-pitch’ a 140-character nomination using the hash tag #BeTheBoss.
Moving forward, a shortlist of 15 nominees will be chosen by a panel of judges with three each under five categories. They are the following:
- The Boss for Mobile Readiness
- The Boss For E-commerce
- The Boss for Social Media
- The Boss for Customer Service
- The Boss for Social Responsibility and Entrepreneurship
Public Component via Voting
Giving netizens a hand in the search, the public will then have a chance to cast their votes.
These votes, together with the results of the panel deliberation, will determine the final five Bozz Awardees; one from each category. The finalists will be honored in a grand celebration and post-awards culmination party to mark the end of the first ever run of the Bozz Awards.
“We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again—there’s nowhere to go but digital. We’ve seen a lot of budding and progressive entrepreneurs who’ve managed to revolutionize the traditional ways of doing business through online presence or ground-breaking use of digital tools and platforms. This new breed of movers and shakers paved the way, and we want to recognize and empower them so they can inspire more entrepreneurs,” added Abelarde
Awards and Prizes
The first batch of Bozz awardees will each receive a full-powered Smart Enterprise Biz Kit which consists of business-enhancing tools and gadgets, including year-long data subscription, to help keep them always connected to their customers and updated with their operations, even while on the go.
As a fitting tribute to game-changing entrepreneurs who are leading the digital revolution in business, the final five Bozz awardees will also be given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the world’s melting pot of technology via an exclusive Silicon Valley tour.